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Legislative candidates forum in Paola Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

PAOLA — A candidates forum for Miami County legislative candidates will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Paola Community Center. Candidates will give brief introductions and then the public will be able to submit written questions to the candidates. The forum will highlight three Kansas House races in districts covering Miami County. In each, a Republican incumbent is being challenged by a Democrat: In Dist. 26, Republican Larry Campbell faces Democrat Cheron Tiffany. Both are from Olathe. In Dist. 6, Republican Jene Vickrey, Louisburg, faces Democrat Christy Levings, Osawatomie. In Dist. 5, Republican Kevin Jones, Wellsville, faces Democrat Cleon Rickel, Garnett. Miami County Newspapers and the Paola Chamber of Commerce will host the forum. Blake Heid of First Option Bank, will be the moderator.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Ottawa ‘Royals’ parody goes viral

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — The four daughters of Ken and Shelly Frank, Ottawa, have performed and recorded their own au capella parody of pop singer Lourdes’ hit song “Royals” and put it on YouTube, where it’s gone viral. Lourdes said her song was inspired in part by the baseball Royals. Daughter Lindsey Frank said their takeoff of Lourdes’ song was inspired entirely by the baseball Royals, and their World Series appearance against the San Franciso Giants, beginning tonight. Father Ken Frank is a serious Royals fan and helped write the lyrics of the takeoff, she said.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Federal judge to hear request to end Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree will hear arguments Friday over whether he should order kansas to allow same-sex marriages. Voters approved a constitutional amendment 10 years ago that bans same-sex marriages and domestic civil unions. However, the American Civil Liberties Union seeks a temporary injunction against that constitutional ban and seeks to bring Kansas into line with a 10th circuit federal court of appeals ruling that applies to other states in the 10th circuit. When those states appealed, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, which requires those states to follow the appeals court order to end their bans against same-sex marriages. Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt say they’ll defend the state’s ban.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Advance voting now under way

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — Advance voting in franklin County is under way. County Clerk Janet Paddock said VOTERS can drop by her office any day up to noon of Monday, Nov. 3. However, she says if voter needs to request an advance ballot by mail, that should be done by this week to ensure the ballot reaches her office by the deadline.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Expansion of county bus service hours sought

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — Joann Fluke, Ottawa, an activist on disability issues, has asked Franklin County commissioners to expand the number of hours that general transportation buses run each day. Buses run Monday through Friday until 2:30 p.m., which poses problems for many people with disabilities, as well as others, who have regular work hours. The buses, which are large vans with wheelchair lifts, are given to the county’s general transportation agency, because of grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation. However, KDOT also bought the vans for other local agencies, Fluke said. She said many of those agencies are willing to offer their buses to help the county expand service hours. She said that’s what happened when lawrence expanded its bus hours.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Extension granted in case of Ottawa bank robber

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

DULUTH, Minn. — A federal judge has agreed to yet another extension in the case of a Minnesota man who has pleaded guilty to kidnapping his ex-wife and robbing the Great Southern Bank in Ottawa three years ago. Timothy Caskey is facing a 30-year sentence for his cross-country journey from Minnesota to Mexico. Although U.S. Judge John Tunheim has denied several objections by Caskey’s attorneys, he agreed to extend the sentencing until at least Nov. 10 for attorney motions in federal court in Duluth, Minn.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Crash kills one in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

BURLINGAME — One person has died from a two-vehicle crash north of Burlingame Monday night. The two vehicles crashed at 157th and Burlingame roads, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. One person was flown from the scene by helicopter and another was taken to a hospital by ground ambulance, she said. One person died later from the injuries. Dunn said the identification of the two is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.

Get Set…Go!

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA–It appears the way has been cleared for construction to begin on a new Price Chopper Store north of Orscheln’s.  At a special City Commission meeting, several measures were approved that will help finance the project, which will total about $10,700,000.  One measure will allow the owners to collect a special sales tax that will help defray the cost of the project.  The new store is expected to open in the late Spring or Summer of 2015.

Monday, Oct. 20, 7:25 pm

New Strawn woman, boy killed in I-35 crash in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 15, 2014

WAVERLY – A 26-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy from New Strawn were killed Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on I-35 in Osage County. Krystal Smith was driving south on I-35 about four miles north of Waverly when her Jeep SUV went into the center median, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Smith tried to bring the vehicle back onto the road but overcorrected, causing the SUV to overturn several times before coming to rest on its wheels in the west ditch, the highway patrol said. Smith and a passenger, Cory Sheppard, were both killed. Two other children who were passengers, Christian Smith, 9, and Donavan Krutchfield, 6, both of New Strawn, were injured and were both taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The highway patrol said they were all wearing seat belts or safety restraints.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.

Man convicted of kidnapping and trying to rape teen seeks new trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 15, 2014

TOPEKA – Once again, former Arizona prison inmate Ralph Corey is seeking to overturn his conviction of kidnapping a Williamsburg teen and trying rape her. Franklin County assistant attorney James Ward will be in Topeka this afternoon defending the conviction before a panel of appeals court judges. Corey is trying to overturn his conviction on technical grounds, Ward said. Corey was sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for the crime, which occurred 14 years ago after the girl left the Ottawa Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ottawa. The sentencing occurred after he was convicted after his second trial. Corey’s first trial was declared a mistrial after a juror used a smart phone to research information about the case during deliberations. Corey was in an Arizona prison when his DNA was linked to the Ottawa case by a special Kansas Bureau of Investigation cold-case computer program.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.

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